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The Mystery of the Ghost in My Bathroom. Is It a Poltergeist?

Suzanne is a former regional magazine publisher, as well as a cooking and gardening writer. She lives in North Carolina.

Who Ya Gonna Call?

It was around 3 a.m. and I was on the phone with my daughter, trying to speak. I say "trying" because I could hardly get the words out: "The towel."

The Towel.

The Towel.

poltergeist [ˈpōltərˌɡīst]


A ghost or other supernatural being supposedly responsible for physical disturbances such as loud noises and objects thrown around.

The Towel.

I am writing this in real time. Tonight something happened that I cannot explain.

I imagine most ghost stories begin with skepticism. Second guessing. Anything, any excuse to come to the conclusion that yes, I have a ghost.

This ghost story began on an ordinary day: I work at my daughter's gift shop five hours a day, and return to my nearby apartment which is within walking distance, five days a week. I'm off on Sundays and one other day, depending upon my schedule. I live alone, or I thought I did until someone or something decided to use my shower.

I've lived in this apartment going on four years after my daughter asked me to help her open her gift boutique. She specifically needs me in the afternoons while she drives to her daughter's school to pick her up. I'm retired and working in the boutique gives me a chance to get out and around other people and keep active.

Up until recently nothing strange or untoward has happened in my apartment. I've loved living here because, not only is it well-appointed with crown molding, hardwood floors and French doors, it has controlled access, an elevator, a gym and overlooks the pool. It is in a very nice small town that enjoys a low-crime rate. So when I came home and found a towel hanging from my showerhead, I was a little set back on my heels because I never hang my bath towel from the showerhead, instead hanging it from the curtain rod.

At first I simply questioned my memory: Had I actually placed the towel on the showerhead which I have never done before. Not that I recall. Why would I have done that? No clue.

Ultimately, my daughter suggested that I put tape on my door when I left for work to see if someone was coming in and out of my apartment. I did. For probably two days.

Then. I came home to find a hand towel hanging on the curtain rod. Nope. Don't remember doing that. But I was in denial, and just told myself I must have put it there.

But then...

Last night, Sunday night, after spending the day in my pajamas watching Netflix, I retired early, waking up around 2:30 a.m. needing to pee. I turned on the bathroom light and noticed the shower curtain was pulled back... and the white towel was hanging from the shower head.

On wobbly legs, I reluctantly called my daughter, waking her up, and barely able to speak. "The towel" was all I could muster. "Mooooommmm?" my daughter said sleepily.

After catching my breath, I managed to tell her the towel was back on the showerhead. With her listening, I opened every closet door and reluctantly looked inside, not knowing if an intruder was ready with a knife. I looked everywhere except under my bed. No one was hiding in my apartment. I turned on the light outside my French doors to the balcony. Nope.

To review: I had spent the day inside my apartment. I always lock my bedroom door before retiring. The bathroom is outside my bedroom door. I live alone.

The towel, hanging on my shower curtain rod the way I always place it to dry.

The towel, hanging on my shower curtain rod the way I always place it to dry.

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Now what?

I've replaced the towel on the curtain rod as shown in the photo above. Now we wait.

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This morning I noticed the icemaker was making a whole lot of noise. Growling and growling and growling. Then I noticed something that might explain the recent towel activities: a couple weeks ago, when all of this started, I placed an art print by Canadian artist, Janet Hill, on the front of my fridge. My daughter sells a lot of her whimsical prints and since I played around with a Ouija board during my teenage years I decided to purchase this tiny print for myself. There are matching postcards which say: "I have a message for you"...

Janet Hill's postcards say: "I have a message for you".


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Another ghost story.

Before tonight, my only experience interacting with a ghost is a shadow figure I saw in my daughter's kitchen several years ago. Again, I was visiting her, and was alone during the day while she was at work. I had no knowledge of a ghost being in her townhouse. No one had spoken about it. But one day I simply noticed a dark cloudy human shape in her kitchen. I never mentioned it to her, not wanting to frighten her.

A few months later, in a phone call, my daughter said: "Mom, did you ever experience anything strange while you were visiting?" at which time I told her about the shadow figure. She went on to tell me that she just got home from work and as she came in the door an orb flew past her and went into the wall to the kitchen, banging on the pots inside the cabinet that was between the wall and the kitchen. She also had experienced her bed feeling as if someone was sitting on it and admitted she had also seen the shadow figure.

That about sums up my experience with ghosts.


I admit I am a believer in the afterlife, and am open to this type of phenomena. I've experienced many coincidences in my life and am convinced I am psychic as I often know things before they happen. This seems to be a poltergeist, based on what I've been reading, but I am open and invite your opinion.

© 2019 Suzanne Sheffield


Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on April 05, 2020:

Since I first read this a few months ago, I have experienced something new. Twice. While sitting on the couch watching TV one evening, I looked up to see a black streak fly across in front of me. It was maybe 4 or 5 inches wide. Then one night after I'd gone to bed. The same black streak streaked across my vision in the semi-dark. About 10 seconds later, a motion sensor night light came on in the hall. I checked and hubby and the cats were asleep in the hall. The motion sensor light is about 4 ft. up from the floor. I think that because the veil between dimensions is so thin right now, I may be seeing some overlapping of our 3rd dimension and whatever is next to it. It was definitely not a big floater in my eye. Those only move when my eyes move and I can't visualize that fast.

Nell Rose from England on April 05, 2020:

I had a really weird experience too when I felt something walk past me, and then the door slammed so, I totally believe you! I always double-check though. does your daughter maybe sleepwalk?

Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on November 28, 2019:

True that, Doris, the only thing to do is accept them and expect them with a welcome.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on November 27, 2019:

Suzanne, welcome to my world. Mysterious things happen to those of us who are part of the psychic world. Mine started in the late1970s when I attended metaphysical school. Things started mysteriously disappearing. Sometimes they returned, and some things have never come back. Sometimes I've been able to call a thing back, sometimes not. My husband practices shamanism, and he has been able to call back a thing or two that disappeared. What we have discussed and not determined is do we have a mischievous spirit in our house that pilfers things, or am I, personally, a poltergeist?

It should be obvious by now that you don't have a human visitor. As far as a solution, if I ever figure one out, I'll tell you.

Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on November 25, 2019:

Suzanne, They both are interesting stories and NOW I have a multitude of them. That may be because of an experience I had when I was around 6 months old. I was left in a rails up baby bed, molder siblings were outside playing and my mom, I suppose, wan in the garden getting something to prepare when I woke up. I made a sound for someone together me out then started screen-crying and no one came but a voice said "you may as well be content, no one is coming to get me." I obeyed and got praises from my mother for not crying while thinking "you just don't know."

As a child I and my oldest sister often heard voices with others around but no-one heard it but the one it was meant for. Whichever of us who heard it would ask our mother if she had called only to get the answer "that must be the devil" from our devote Christian mother.

During my new conception and almost 3 years of gestating I had voices giving me instructions in spiritual things, and for the past 5 years I have had visitors often come into my room and say only word or two. One was visual. I heard the door-knocker tap three times and opened my right eye to see a black clad person with an adult boy's voice say "good-by" and faded through the door.

I suppose, because of a lifetime of having voices the visual didn't bother me.

Thanks for sharing your experiences.

Unique-light from Wadena, Mn on November 25, 2019:

Looks like someone hung the towel in an unfamiliar area

Unique-light from Wadena, Mn on November 25, 2019:

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